By Sahil Patel
A day after Sony revealed the 11 entertainment apps that would be available on the PlayStation 4 when the console launches in a week, Microsoft has rolled out which apps users will be able to download and access on the Xbox One.
More so than Sony, Microsoft has gone out of its way to describe the Xbox One as an “all-in-one” home entertainment system, offering users the ability to play video games as well as watch movies and TV shows. And while that’s true to an extent, it’s clear that Microsoft is more interested in the “entertainment” aspect of the home entertainment experience. It all began last year, when Microsoft said that more people were streaming movies, TV shows, and music than playing games via Xbox Live. Since then, the company has pushed heavily into entertainment, not only by continuing to provide a hub for third-party apps, but investing in high-profile original content like a Steven Spielberg-produced TV show based on the “Halo” franchise.
So it comes as no surprise that as Microsoft readies the Xbox One launch, it will talk about all of the cool entertainment-related things it will let you do.
For example, Microsoft is touting its electronic programming guide feature, OneGuide, which will allow users to search for something to watch on live TV channels as well as video apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Relevant results will show up together on one screen. This is possible because the device is compatible with HDMI-supported cable and satellite boxes, enabling users to switch from on-demand content to live TV with a quick voice command. (For a full list of the box’s entertainment capabilities, click here.) This should be good news for the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Machinima — all three have been trying to position themselves as programmers capable of offering original, TV-like content.
The Xbox One isn’t aiming to be a box in your living room, it’s aiming to be the box.
Below is the full list of entertainment apps that will be available in the US when the console launches. It’s a mixture of the top video apps alongside TV Everywhere offerings from a variety of programmers.
- Amazon Instant Video
- FOX NOW
- HBO GO (coming soon)
- Hulu Plus
- MUZU TV
- Redbox Instant by Verizon
- Target Ticket
- The NFL on Xbox One
- Univision Deportes
- Verizon FiOS TV
Xbox One launches in the US on November 22.